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Old 06-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a 12" sliding miter box saw with the wide angles greater than 55 degrees. So far, I think its down to the latest Dewalt or Rigid. I believe the Rigid has the widest angle. Anybody seen these in action?


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Old 06-13-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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What's your budget?
No way would I be buying a Dewalt anything. Just had way to many switches and brushes fail.
My Hitachi double bevel slider will cut a full 12" in any direction.

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What sort of things are you planning to use this for?

If it's primary use is trim and crown molding--the DeWalt has a higher cutting depth against the fence and has optional crown stops available.


The Rigid can not be used for crown molding easily---no crown stops and the lack of a fixed table makes it difficult to make your own.

I own the DeWalt---It is okay---My old Delta is a much nicer saw but can't cut the tall moldings---
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im with joe,, the dewalts are underpowered (lower rpms) which means it bogs down easier).. their notorious for blade deflection and having the bearings go on them early on in their life. height cut capacity isnt exactly a selling point for most guys i know.. precision and power are

the top two 12" saws via almost all tool review magazines and blogs are the bosch axial glide and the milwaukee, i own the milwaukee and im very pleased with it. i was going to get the bosch but the overall weight of it, the fact it doesnt come with a stand along with it being $100 more than the milwaukee which does come with a stand were what sold me on it.. my old saw was a bosch 4212L which was a 12" non slider the one thing i truly miss about it is the up front bevel release.
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Thanks for the replies. I plan to use the saw for anything from crown to cutting 12" joists. I would also like something that has a laser or cut location feature. I really don't have a budget, I don't mind paying more for something that will last and has good quality. I also have several DeWalt items that have broken recently. I guess I should've learn from that!
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Go with the Rigid or Dewalt. I own the dewalt, and Its treated me well and gets used often. Ignore the laser features, first thing on ANY brand that is going to fail and its absolutely worthless in my book. But thats just personal opinion.
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Go with the Rigid I have had mine for years and use it a lot. I have to agree with the others about the newer DeWalt tools. The only thing I have done to my saw is to change the blade the one that comes with all of them leaves a little to be desired. Funny thing my neighbor bought a new DeWalt 12" about a year after I bought mine, his still looks brand new, it should he's continually using mine.

Another nice feature of the Rigid is their stand it's on wheels so very easy to move from job to job or just around the garage. DeWalt's stand must have the saw taken off every time you move it, and then set up again every time you want to use it.
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the laser feature is very handy unlike some posters claim, it just depends on the brand. i have a after market laser from irwin on my milwaukee saw. very handy for aligning a cut angle with a odd scribed angle on a piece of wood

the ridgids arent exactly a high performance mitre saw, if your on a budget go with it. one thing to be aware of though is the issues with actually getting service work done on a ridgid tool as of late. they do have a great warrenty however the ridgid service centers are independent shops that do the work for ridgid, unfortunately as of late countless ridgid service centers have been shutting down because ridgid hasnt been issuing payment to the shops in a timely manner so they cant cover their operating costs. this is a topic that has come up on a few contractor websites.. ive run into this issue myself recently with my ridgid framing gun.. the ridgid shop shut down and none of the other tool service shops will even touch it
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I disagree about the older Dewalt saws being wimp saws, at least the DW708 isn't. The 12 inch compound slides all have a 15 amp motor. I have worn out many miter saws over the years and I will take my DW708 over any newer saw out there. The DW 708 was the last Dewalt Miter saw made in the USA so that may have something to do with it, I do know the newer Dewalts can't come close to the 708 in quality. Use good blades not the Dewalt blades, they are just not good blades.

I have replaced the brushes two times but that is no big deal to me, I have never had one minutes problem out of it. I also have a Hitachi but it isn't the saw the Dewalt is. The old Hitachi saws were the best, but the newer ones I don't care for. The Makita is a really good saw, I just don't like the way it sounds. The saws I am talking about are for production, diy don't need a heavy duty saw, look for a quality cut no matter what you buy.

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